Five weeks after the fact, Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune-Herald and Dane Schiller of the Houston Chronicle reported, about the Twin Peaks Massacre case as the Waco paper put it, “indictments in the cases attribute a tenth death to the melee…. It wasn’t until recently, when the indicted bikers appeared in court for arraignments and the indictments were read aloud, that the inclusion of a tenth biker, identified in indictments as William Anderson, was noticed.”
The Tribune-Herald got the scoop yesterday. So did the Chronicle.
Yesterday the Chronicle reported, “With the indictments, authorities have increased the death toll to 10, but they have not clarified where or when that person died. And no one thus far has been accused of any specific act of violence.”
For the record, The Aging Rebel noticed the tenth murder victim on November 16.
The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office and the Waco Police Department have refused to explain why innocent people had been indicted for the death of “William Anderson” or how William Anderson died, or when or how or where he was buried. The prosecutors and the police hid behind the gag order they had arranged.
Today, District Attorney Abel Reyna finally commented on the completely theoretical murder charge that he has left stand without explanation since November 11.
“The inclusion of the ‘10th dead biker’ in some of the Twin Peaks indictments was a clerical error on our part that can and will be corrected at a later date closer to trial,” Reyna said in a prepared statement. “The additional name has absolutely no effect on the charges or the viability of those indictments. I regret this minor error has shifted focus away from the violent and dangerous crimes that occurred in the heart of our community on May 17, 2015.“
He really said that: The people should not infer that any of these indictments are contrived just because Reyna indicted 106 people for murdering a name whispered in his ear during a seance. Really. You can’t make this stuff up
Responsible Opposing View
Dallas lawyer Clint Broden, who represents multiple defendants in the case, responded with his own press release. Broden noticed that Reyna “was able to convince a grand jury to indict…motorcyclists for the death of William Anderson, despite the fact that Mr. Anderson was not killed as a result of the Twin Peaks incident.”
“The fact that DA Reyna does not understand the magnitude of this error is shocking and disappointing,” Broden fumed. “A grand jury was designed to act as a check on the prosecution. Nevertheless, Mr. Reyna was able to bamboozle the grand jury into indicting…motorcyclists for a murder that Reyna now acknowledges they had absolutely nothing to do with. This is a sad commentary on the justice available in McLennan County and, unfortunately, gives new meaning to the old adage that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to ‘indict a ham sandwich’ if he chooses. The fact that Mr. Reyna was able to obtain indictments for a crime which even he acknowledges did not occur is reflective of the way this case has been handled from the beginning.”
And the case grinds on.